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Build a Foolproof Jig For Cutting Laminate Countertops

Build a Foolproof Jig For Cutting Laminate Countertops

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If you're cutting a postform laminate countertop in the field, you could try freehanding the awkward cuts and hope you don't screw it up, but there's a better way.  

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A Quick Circular-Saw Blade Change

A Quick Circular-Saw Blade Change

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Don't bust you're knuckles fumbling with a wrench to get your old blade off; use this super-simple tip instead.

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How to Keep Your Saw Plugged In

How to Keep Your Saw Plugged In

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If you're working in a precarious place with a circular saw and you don't want it to become unplugged from your extension cord, you could tie the cords in a knot and hope they don't get snagged on the gutter, but there's a better way.

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Claw Foot Bath Tub = Up Dated Bathroom

Claw Foot Bath Tub = Up Dated Bathroom

This remolded / updated bathroom started with the claw foot tub that my friend gave me. The claw foot tub was bigger than the old tub, so I had to redsign the bathroom (this is my house) in order to...

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How to Remove a Circular-Saw-Blade Knockout Easily

How to Remove a Circular-Saw-Blade Knockout Easily

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Grab a few common items from around the shop to make this job a snap

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Circular Saws: Sidewinder vs Worm-Drive

Circular Saws: Sidewinder vs Worm-Drive

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East Coast vs. West Coast and lefty vs. righty are not the only factors here. Which type of circular saw do you use on the job site and why?

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Framing a deck with a radius

Framing a deck with a radius

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Curved deck designs are becoming popular. Composite decking and PVC can be bent to fit the curves, but how do you make pressure-treated framing conform to a radius? Good layout and saw kerfs.

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Tool Guide Update: 14 Circular Saws Waiting for Your Reviews!

Tool Guide Update: 14 Circular Saws Waiting for Your Reviews!

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Even after narrowing down the list of available 7 1/4-in. sidewinders currently on the market, we still ended up with 14 tools to test. We had to make a decision: Option 1 - Pack all 14 saws into the...

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Seven Steps to Choosing the Perfect Circular Saw

Seven Steps to Choosing the Perfect Circular Saw

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After testing 14 popular makes and models of sidewinder circular saws, senior editor Justin Fink sorts out the features that separate the good from the not-so-good.

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How to Trim a Hollow-Core Door to Height

How to Trim a Hollow-Core Door to Height

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Builder Rick Arnold demonstrates how to make a clean cut and how to add blocking to fill the hole you've just made in the bottom of the hollow door.

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Coffered Ceiling

Coffered Ceiling

This was a project that would have been more difficult if it were not for the article in Fine Homebuilding on "Coffered Ceilings".  Made of poplar crown, baseboard, finger jointed trim boards...

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Barbeque Island and Firepit with Seating area (in the Southwest this is called a Banco)

Barbeque Island and Firepit with Seating area (in the Southwest this is called a Banco)

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My wife and I designed this backyard project.  The back of the island and the Banco are designed to reflect the southwestern character of our Santa Fe style home. I built the...

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BUILDING SKILLS: Cutting a Door

BUILDING SKILLS: Cutting a Door

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Building Skills: Seasoned builder Mike Guertin shows a simple way to make a clean, straight cut when trimming a door to height.

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Makita makes it easier to say goodbye to NiCad batteries

Makita makes it easier to say goodbye to NiCad batteries

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Makita is now offering free tools as an incentive to help tool buyers make the switch to Li-ion cordless power tools.

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SawStop Inventor Walks the Walk

SawStop Inventor Walks the Walk

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Working around any tool demands a certain level of safety. However, when it comes to table saws the bar is set a bit higher. These tools have the capacity to do a lot of damage. Luckily, Steve Gass invented the SawStop. Watch as he demonstrates how the saw works by sacrificing his own finger.

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 Worm-drives vs. sidewinders? A conversation with Larry Haun.

Worm-drives vs. sidewinders? A conversation with Larry Haun.

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Longtime Fine Homebuilding contributor Larry Haun and senior editor Chuck Bickford discuss the pros and cons of worm drive and sidewinder saws.

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Festool wants to replace your table saw

Festool wants to replace your table saw

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Festool came in to the FHB offices last week to give us an opportunity to get up close and personal with a few of their newest tools. Bookmark the Toolhound blog in your internet browser to read more...

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Keauhou mauka replacement deck

Keauhou mauka replacement deck

The finished replacement utility area/garden deck.  Note new, ABS plastic drain vent on wall behind reinstalled utility sink.  New, capped hollow tile wall protects deck and serves as low...

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Return of Rockwell tools?

Return of Rockwell tools?

When I was a kid, most of the tools owned by my Dad and Grandfather were made by Rockwell, the powerhouse of tool manufacturing between the late 50’s to early 80’s. Pentair bought the...

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How to Make a Cutting Platform for Sheet Goods

How to Make a Cutting Platform for Sheet Goods

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Supported on a pair of sawhorses, this platform provides flat, stable support for full and partial sheets of plywood and other panels: the perfect complement to an edge guide and...

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